Robert F. Raczek, 75, Mosinee, the longtime football coach at Pacelli High School and one of the winningest football coaches in Wisconsin, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home. He was under the care of his family and Ministry Home Care Hospice.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point. Burial will be in the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in the town of Knowlton in Marathon County.
Visitation will be at the Pacelli Student Activity Center (lower gymnasium) from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until the Mass. The Knights of Columbus will join with a general rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. Friday at Pacelli.
His wishes are for all in attendance to wear red and white attire in his honor as a tribute to his many years of coaching at Pacelli High School.
A memorial in his name will be established at a later date.
Pisarski/Dzikoski Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Raczek was born March 4, 1938, in Mosinee, a son of the late Stanley and Victoria (Medrek) Raczek. He graduated from Mosinee High School and the University of Wisconsin Stout.
He was in the National Guard for several years and was called to army active duty from Feb. 1, 1962, to Aug. 10, 1962, during the Berlin Crisis.
He was married to Patricia Schulist on Aug. 8, 1964, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Plainfield.
He taught and started his coaching career at Tri-County High School in Plainfield in the 1960s.
He then taught and coached multiple sports at Pacelli High School, being best known for his coaching of the Pacelli football program up until his death.
He was very active in the Wisconsin Special Olympics state games for more than 40 years.
Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Mary Ellen Hurrish, Junction City; three sons, Steve (Amy), Stevens Point, Mark (Shelley), Mosinee, and Matthew (Lea), Stevens Point; one brother, Jim (Sherry), Maine; three sisters, Florence Pachniak, Sheboygan, Mary O’Brien, Illinois, and Marie (Bob) Wonsil, Mosinee; and 10 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Richard; and one son-in-law, Greg Hurrish.